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My Sports Monocle
VENUE: Manchester Roadhouse
DATE: Sat March 28th
PRICE: £5 from http://www.wegottickets.com
Formed In Late 2007 by brothers Henry and George Flint. Over time the boys music progressed to the point of needing additional members, recruited not long after were Matthew McAuliffe , Richard Allen and Michael Wilde. After playing for a while and churning out such well known songs as ' Girl Next Door' and 'Stop, Start Epic.' the recruitment of the final member Thomas Andrews completed the band you hear today.
As far as debut gigs go they don't get much more chaotic than The Mandigans in South Manchester last April. In fact it was a gig that nearly didnt happen with 400 teenagers on the rampage and a 10ft steel barrier being torn off the stage as they ended their first song. Still as they say the show must go on and after a few worried looks from parents and security the stage was reconstructed and the band romped through an unforgettable set. The Mandigans are a band who know how to make an impact
Unlike most bands of their age, their average age is just 15, they weren't concerned with playing School gigs so set their sights on playing the big smoke when Road To V Winners The Rebs invited them up to a London showcase in Victoria Park.
After just 2 gigs the band announced the release of their self-titled debut album and in 3 weeks the band had written, recorded and released the 10 track album, which the Manchester Evening News was later to describe as "a sparkling collection of effervescent indie-pop anthems. The debut album's initial pressing sold out in just 2 weeks
In August the band were nominated as one of the best underage bands in the country on the Huw Stephens Underage Festival Special
Since then they've played showcases for In The City and BBC Children In Need as well as recorded with Jay Beard (Snow Patrol / Elbow / Doves).
The band are currently demoing new material such as live favourites "Teenage Nights" and "Open To Perspective"